Beaucarnea gracilis, the pony tail palm is a caudiciform from Mexico. The leaves are narrow and smooth. In late summer, numerous white flowers arranged in. Oaxacan populations of Beaucarnea recurvata tend to have especially thick Ecological status of Beaucarnea gracilis, an endemic species of the semiarid. One of the pony tail palms although not a palm at all but in the Liliaceae. Type is nr. Tehuacan Pue. Used to be called B. oedipus. Forms caudices to m wide.

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In contrast to many other members of the clade, the leaves of B. The trunk of Beaucarnea recurvata is often swathed in epiphytes. These grow in San Diego County North beaucarneea ‘Crow miles’ from the Eastern Pacific and experience cool gentle winds from the Seaunlike the NW winter winds that blast subfreezing winds from the snow-capped Palomar Mts.

Beaucarnea gracilis is a small dioecious tree or large shrublike succulent species with many slender, curving vertical stems, that emerge from a large beautiful globose woody base, it is related to the well-known ponytail plant Nolina recurvata.

The timestamp is only as accurate as the clock in the camera, and it may be completely wrong. We are, of course, seeking photos of species not yet shown in the gallery but not only that, we are also looking for better pictures than those already present. Wikispecies has information related to Beaucarnea gracilis.

Its name “gracilis”, meaning “slender”, is misleading, as its trunk is especially bulbous. Geacilis gracilis in wild, Puebla, Mexico. All species of the Beaucarnea-Calibanus clade have bloated stem bases and long grassy leaves. Beaucarnea recurvata in the wild in Oaxaca, with Julieta for scale.


The will flower during all seasons, though most often in early spring or early fall. Note the long, pendant flower stalk and the way the leaves cover the stem in a dense mat. It is a small tree or beaufarnea shrublike succulent species with many slender, curving vertical stems, that emerge from a large beautiful globose woody base.

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The other species known from the genus CalibanusC. Summary [ edit ] Description Beaucarnea gracilis Puebla. This species is beacarnea most commonly cultivated member of the clade. The individuals in this population are often 10 meters in circumference and about the same height! Amante Darmanin from Malta.

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Like the other dryland species of the clade, the bark of B. Also this one doesnt’ tent to have quite the exaggerated fissured trunk that B stricta has. This image was taken toward the end of the dry season.

The flowers are tiny, yellow and white and grow in vast numbers, but only on very old individuals. Visit our people page to see who’s working on this striking group.

As a seedling, B.

The trunk is covered with thick grey to brown bark that ages into polygonal graccilis rectangular plates. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Major references and further lectures 1 James Cullen, Sabina G. It is a small tree or large shrublike succulent species with many slender, curving vertical stems, that emerge from a large beautiful globose woody base. This page was last edited on 21 Marchat This image shows one large Beaucarnea at center and a smaller one at right.

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The dense grove of B. Articles with ‘species’ microformats Commons category link is on Wikidata. It was reviewed on 15 August by FlickreviewR and was confirmed to be licensed under the terms of the cc-by It is having a hard time in the wild, since too many people are digging up the small plants to use them as ornamentals.


Post a comment about this plant. This species was described in the early 90s, despite growing in an area that is relatively well known floristically.

The species is dioecious there are male and female plantsflowers every year. Variegated form The variegated form is a very desirable plant but still rare. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Beaucarnea gracilis.

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It is similar to the common Pony-tail Plant except that it has leaves striped with various colours of white, cream, and several shades of yellow and green. See all synonyms of Beaucarnea gracilis.

It can grow up to m in height in the ground but sometime it can reach imposing dimension up to 12 m overall Stem succulent caudex: It is more or less circular in cross-section, with variously shaped and irregularly contorted vertical stems. Transferred from Flickr via Flickr2Commons. It needs moderate water when actively growing, little water the rest of the time, if established.

Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Beaucarnea gracilis group. If the file has been modified from its original state, some details such as the timestamp may not fully reflect those of the original file.

The three photos below show gracilia aspects of a large plant in fruit.